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Storage Products Association Launches to Spur Industry

In other news from the Flash Memory Summit, Seagate, Western Digital, HGST, and Toshiba have formed the Storage Products Association. The charter of the SPA is to help storage manufacturers and users understand and support current and future storage needs, including the key role of hard disk drives, and promote the use of rotating media […]

NAND Flash, What Comes Next?

The Flash Memory Summit this week in Santa Clara included some notable announcements. Samsung introduced the first solid-state drive employing the 3D flash memory. This technology involves turning the chip on its side and moves from today’s 2D flash technology to 3D. This technology is also known as V-NAND, and it will be twice as fast as […]

1000 Universities Partner with IBM to Narrow Big Data Skills Gap

This week IBM announced that the company is continuing to expand its Big Data partnership 9 additional universities, bringing the total roster to over 1000. The program is designed to prepare students for the estimated 4.4 million Big Data jobs that will be created by 2015. Leaders in business, education and government must take action to foster […]

UK Fighting Child Abuse with Big Data

Over at the The Guardian, Owen Bowcott reports that software developed for the British Army to analyze human rights abuses in Iraq is now being used in the UK to fight child abuse, hate crimes, and cybercrime. Originally developed for the Royal Military Police, the Ares system uses Dell blade servers and AccessData software. The […]

Developing a Big Data Strategy

Is Big Data mostly an undiscovered country? Over at Forbes, Natasha Baker reports that a 2012 IDC study indicates that there will be 40 zettabytes of data on the planet by 2020. Meanwhile, the same IDC study says that only one half of one percent of 2012’s data was analyzed. Gartner predicts that through 2015, eighty […]

CSC Continues to Build its Big Data Portfolio, Acquires Infochimps

Infochimps, an open source provider of big data PaaS for the enterprise has been acquired by CSC. Infochimps Cloud for Big Data is a set of cloud services that offer real-time processing and streaming, batch Hadoop, and ad hoc queries for actionable analytics. It can be deployed either in hybrid, private, virtual private, or public […]

Teradata: Placement is critical in Big Data

Big Data problems cannot be solved by in-memory computing alone, says Teradata CTO Stephen Brobst. Speaking to attendees at the company’s analytics event in Melbourne last month Brobst said: “anybody who talks about putting all the data in memory and big data in the same sentence, has no idea what they’re talking about. From an architectural […]

Big Data Degrees are in Big Demand

Over at Forbes, J. Maureen Henderson reports that job candidates with advanced degrees in Big Data are heavily in demand. And as students look for academic credentials with the best return on investment, savvy institutions like the University of Tennessee are attracting them with degree programs in business analytics. I worked for almost five years in the Forensic […]

SGI to Refocus on HPC and Big Data

SGI is looking to shore up its Big Data business to replace declining cloud datacenter revenue. This week the company reported its financial results on for its fiscal fourth quarter on August 7th.  Revenue fell sequentially to $171 million, compared to $233 in the prior quarter, and $179 million in the same period a year […]

Flash Memory Technology in Big Data Analytics

In this special feature, Les Lorenzo looks at Flash Memory technology and its advantages for Big Data analytics. Big Data problems, whether in data analysis, financial services, research, life sciences, or visualization, are traditional HPC challenges that need fast, sustained I/O rates and throughput. Flash memory technology is having a profound impact on storage architectures, […]